John Dewey and Education Outdoors

Making Sense of the ‘Educational Situation’ through more than a Century of Progressive Reforms

Authors: Quay, John, Seaman, Jayson

  • The volume is the first to comprehensively examine the many curriculum reform initiatives that have emerged under the broad banner of outdoor education (including nature-study, camping education, adventure education, environmental education, experiential education and place based education) from the perspective of John Dewey’s educational theories.

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In this book we take the reader on a journey through the various curriculum reforms that have emerged in the USA around the idea of conducting education outdoors – through initiatives such as nature-study, camping education, adventure education, environmental education, experiential education and place based education. This is a historical journey with an underlying message for educators, one we are able to illuminate through the educational theories of John Dewey. Central to this message is a deeper understanding of human experience as both aesthetic and reflective, leading to a more coherent comprehension of not just outdoor education, but of education itself. Whether we knew it or not, all of us interested in the field of education have been waiting for this book. John Dewey and Education Outdoors is the tool we need to help understand and explain experiential education in general and outdoor education in particular. This is an expertly researched and written account of how and why outdoor education has developed, and been such a vital feature in exemplary educational practices. Because of this work I will no longer have to stumble through some inadequate explanation of the history and philosophy of outdoor education, I can now simply point to this book and suggest that everyone read it. —Dr. Dan Garvey, President Emeritus, Prescott College, Former President and Executive Director, Association for Experiential Education. John Dewey and Education Outdoors is a well-researched book that explores the tenets of Dewey within the contexts of progressive reforms in education. The authors provide detailed explanations of Dewey’s thoughts on education while exploring the historical intersections with outdoor education, camping, and environmental education. While situated within a historical perspective, this book provides insights relevant for today’s discussions on new educational reform possibilities, learning focused on the whole child that includes out-of-school time experiences such as camp, and the development of 21st century skills needed to navigate our global society. —Dr. Deb Bialeschki, Director of Research, American Camp Association.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Why be Concerned with Outdoor Education?

    Quay, John (et al.)

    Pages 1-4

  • Just what is Outdoor Education?

    Quay, John (et al.)

    Pages 5-11

  • Outdoor Education and Indoor Education

    Quay, John (et al.)

    Pages 13-44

  • The Environmental Crisis and a Desire for Adventure

    Quay, John (et al.)

    Pages 45-59

  • Moving Past the Confusion

    Quay, John (et al.)

    Pages 61-82

Buy this book

eBook $49.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-6209-215-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
John Dewey and Education Outdoors
Book Subtitle
Making Sense of the ‘Educational Situation’ through more than a Century of Progressive Reforms
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Sense Publishers
Copyright Holder
SensePublishers
eBook ISBN
978-94-6209-215-0
DOI
10.1007/978-94-6209-215-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 104
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